2.18.2014

Recycling...Glass beads from Olive bottle


The olives in Israel are outstanding! Fat and Tart. Salty and sumptious.

I was surprised to see so many groves in the Negev desert area! Thriving, lush groves.

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Israel has become masterful at managing their water.


We do go through our share of olive oil here. The last bottle we emptied was particularly handsome. As I was about to discard, I had to consider what the beads might look like...


So..


I wrapped the scrubbed bottle in a towel and smashed with a good heavy hammer. I got a few great shards. Washed and dried them and set them on my kiln to warm so that they would be easier to melt in the flame without too much shocking.


Turned on my oxygen concentrator and torch and proceeded to make a gather of glass on the bare end of my mandrel.



Pulled a nice fat stringer.. 


and wound some small beads with this very delicous green glass.


It seems to me the COE [Coefficient of Expansion or the rate of expansion] might be 90 or close to it, like pyrex..just because it's so stiff ~ but I make no assumptions.

I made little beads with this pure glass..no decorating or crushed glass added since the COE is unknown to me I don't want to mix the glasses and so take a chance of them cracking later..also..they sort of look like wee olives. Purity.

Kiln annealed as for boro glass.

Now..


What to make!






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